Coffee palaces

Join this Vicfix campaign to restore reports of Victoria's 1880s coffee palaces to their former glory

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About coffee palaces

Inspired by Britain's temperance movement, coffee taverns were alcohol-free places of relaxation and entertainment that took Melbourne by storm in the 1880s. Serving coffee and hot chocolate rather than beer and wine, they offered an astounding range of facilities including smoking and billiard rooms, accommodation and grand salons.

Historic newspaper reports describe the opening of palatial establishments including Melbourne's Grand and Federal coffee palaces. They also reveal the movement's downturn during the 1890s depression, when many coffee taverns applied for liquor licences and were renamed hotels.

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Coffee palaces

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